In a city known for spectacular steakhouses, how does a new arrival steal some of the spotlight? Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House seems to have it figured out. After six years of searching for a Chicago location, the Dallas-born concept (which also has outposts in Boston, New York and Las Vegas, among other cities) finally settled on the Oak Street space where the historic Esquire Theater once lived, instantly catching the attention of devoted Chicagoans.
Though the cinema was demolished and the restaurant built in its place, the theater’s history is at the heart of the design. The iconic Esquire marquee welcomes guests into a classic room filled with deep booths, handpicked art, a two-story wine tower and large windows that look out onto one of Chicago’s storied streets.
But it’s not just the location that has people talking. The steaks, seafood and sides crafted by chef de cuisine Anthony Reyes are big, bold and balanced. His menu ranges from standard steak house fare, such as a blue cheese wedge salad ($10), a filet mignon (8 ounces $39, 12 ounces $45) and a smoked pork chop with a bourbon apple-butter glaze ($28), to dishes that are slightly more extravagant. Scallops are wrapped in bacon ($35) and topped with a lobster butter jus; there’s a tender veal ribeye ($36) served with spinach and potatoes; and a whole lobster is carved and served table side (market price). But few things are as impressive as the shellfish plateau, which has Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, oysters and crab claws piled on a platter ($75 for two guests, $145 for four).
To stay on top, Reyes isn’t just resting on dinner — he’s introducing a new lunch menu perfect for shoppers and business lunches alike. Options like filet medallions ($26) feature the same prime cuts that are on the dinner menu. Or try the business lunch option, which includes a starter and entrée for only $24.
Day or night, pair your dish with a bottle from the extensive wine list or a perfectly prepared martini, and you’ve got a memorable meal.